Tom & Ray pose the question: Should a 16-year old have their own car?

11.01.1997

16-year-old Sarah desperately wants her own car, but her parents say no. Tom and Ray disagree on whether or not her parents are, in fact, the meanest ever.

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We don't know WHICH problems you'll run into during this DIY hatchet job, we just know you'll run into a lot of them.

11.01.1997

I am putting a big-block car engine into a Dodge pickup truck So far I have run into two problems One is the oil pan The sump or deep end was in the wrong place The second problem was the...

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Shouldn't a brake specialist be able to prove with a micrometer that a rotor is too thin to be recut before insisting on new rotors?

11.01.1997

When my grandson was visiting me during his last college break the brakes on his old Honda conked out His dad wired money for a minimum brake job what father wouldn't But the young man called me in a panic...

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Is it dangerous to drive my Trooper with an antifreeze leak I can't find?

11.01.1997

I own a Isuzu Trooper II that has miles on it A few months ago we noticed that it was leaking antifreeze No one can pinpoint where the leak is coming from There is always coolant in the reserve tank...

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Is Chevy's claim that their new Malibu doesn't need a tune-up for 100k miles for real?

11.01.1997

My fiancee and I are interested in buying a new car We have been impressed with the new Chevy Malibu I am concerned however about their boast that it will not need a tune-up for miles Not only do they...

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Is it OK to use a garden hose to spray road dust off my engine?

11.01.1997

I have a ' Chevy S- pickup Is it OK to spray the water hose on the engine to keep it clean of road dust -- Grant RAY Sure Don't forget that whenever you drive in the rain water gets...

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Should we change the oil at 7,500 miles or 3,750 miles?

11.01.1997

My wife Deborah and I have a constant and ongoing discussion about oil changes and when to do them We recently bought a Honda Civic The dealer told us it was important to change the oil every miles The owner's...

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How do I keep critters out of my truck's ventilation system?

11.01.1997

Having recently moved from Australia to Maine I find myself with a car problem I'm living in the wilds of western Maine where the trees are abundant and so are the squirrels chipmunks etc What I'd like to know is...

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Can you recommend an affordable VW scanner for this intrepid do-it-yourselfer mechanic?

11.01.1997

My wife and I both have VWs I am a do-it-yourselfer and my car is a ' VW Passat The entire engine management system is the Bosch KE-Motronic pin with an ODB scanner port Does anybody make a scanner for...

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What would be a fair amount to pay to fix a turn signal?

11.01.1997

I have a Buick Century Recently the left directional flasher went out i e stopped flashing The local service-station mechanic didn't have a clue He said about an hour's labor plus parts I took it to another station and was...

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Are the majority of airbag related deaths caused by not wearing a seatbelt?

11.01.1997

I keep reading that air bags are dangerous and are responsible for a number of deaths especially in children and short people Since of course air bags are supposed to be used together with seat belts I wonder if any...

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Replace the fan, but only after you dump the girlfriend.

11.01.1997

I have a ' Acura Integra with miles For the greater part of seven years the fan blower has worked fine Recently it started not coming on right away It takes from two to minutes for it to start up...

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Are Super Soaker water guns powerful enough to crack a windshield?

11.01.1997

A week ago my -year-old son and his friend came running into the house to inform me that my Dodge Caravan had mysteriously developed a crack right down the middle of the windshield They excitedly announced their discovery while holding...

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